Glen Durrant progressed to the third round of the World Championship with a straight sets victory over Diogo Portela on Wednesday evening, but the three-time BDO world champion offered a scathing assessment of his performance in his post-match press conference.Continue reading “Durrant: I was weak in the mind”
Gary Anderson rebuffed rumours of retirement after he cruised into the third round of the World Championship with an emphatic straight sets victory over Brendan Dolan on Monday night.Continue reading “Anderson addresses retirement rumours after dismantling Dolan!”
Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his World Championship crown against either fellow Dutchman Jelle Klaasen or Northern Ireland’s Kevin Burness on the tournament’s opening night after the schedule of play for next month’s showpiece was confirmed on Wednesday evening.Continue reading “World Championship schedule confirmed!”
Raymond van Barneveld will continue playing throughout the remainder of 2019 after reconsidering his decision to bring forward his planned retirement.Continue reading “Van Barneveld reverses retirement decision!”
Darts’ biggest-ever event kicks off on Thursday night, as the 2018/19 PDC World Championship gets underway at the Alexandra Palace. With a record £2.5 million prize fund on offer, along with an expanded 96-player field, it’s set to be the best World Championship yet. Continue reading “PDC World Championship Preview!”
Rob Cross will begin the defence of his William Hill World Darts Championship title against either Jeffrey de Zwaan or Nitin Kumar next month, whilst top seed Michael van Gerwen is set to face Alan Tabern or Raymond Smith. Continue reading “PDC World Darts Championship 2018/19 Draw!”
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld insists he will fight to retain his place in the world’s top 16 and claims he would compete in more Pro Tour events next year in a bid to preserve his status in the darting elite. Continue reading “Van Barneveld determined to battle for Top 16 status!”
Gilbert Ulang has been suspended from professional darts for seven years after being found guilty of match-fixing at the 2017 World Darts Championship. Continue reading “Ulang suspended for seven years after match-fixing at World Championship!”
Justin Pipe claims that he’s been left ‘flabbergasted’ and ‘heartbroken’ after being charged by the Darts Regulation Authority for gamesmanship and bringing the sport into disrepute, following the ‘cough-gate’ scandal that erupted at last month’s World Championship. Continue reading “Pipe ‘flabbergasted’ and ‘heartbroken’ over DRA charge!”
Phil Taylor whitewashed former World Youth champion Keegan Brown to reach his 25th World Championship quarter-final and set up a showdown against two-time world champion Gary Anderson on Friday evening, after another eventful day of action at the Alexandra Palace. Continue reading “PDC World Championship 2018: Day Twelve Report!”
Simon Whitlock has admitted that he would be ‘pretty disappointed’ if he wasn’t handed a wildcard invitation for next year’s Premier League. Continue reading “Whitlock: I’d be pretty disappointed if I didn’t get in the Premier League!”
Justin Pipe has been accused of ‘despicable’ gamesmanship after being embroiled in a coughing controversy during his World Championship tie against New Zealand qualifier Bernie Smith. Continue reading “Pipe blasted over ‘despicable’ coughing incident!”
The 2018 PDC World Darts Championship gets underway at the Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening. Michael van Gerwen is bidding to retain his crown and win a third world title, whilst Phil Taylor prepares to say farewell to the professional game. Josh’s Dartistry examines four potential outsiders for the title! Continue reading “PDC World Championship 2018: Four Outsiders!”
Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his William Hill World Darts Championship title on the opening night of this year’s tournament on Thursday December 14th, whilst Phil Taylor’s final Alexandra Palace campaign will get underway the following night. Continue reading “PDC World Championship 2018: Schedule confirmed!”
Corey Cadby’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 William Hill World Darts Championship are hanging by a thread after he was beaten in the last 32 of the Oceanic Masters on Sunday afternoon. Continue reading “Cadby’s World Championship hopes hanging by a thread!”
The field of international qualifiers for the 2018 World Darts Championship has been confirmed, with a total of 24 set to compete at the biggest tournament in world darts at the Alexandra Palace from December 14th-January 1st. Continue reading “International Qualifiers confirmed for PDC World Championship!”
World number one Michael van Gerwen has claimed that there are only two threats to him at this year’s World Championship, which kicks off at the Alexandra Palace tomorrow evening.
Van Gerwen was discussing his world title prospects on the launch of his official YouTube channel in an interview with Chris Murphy, and the Dutchman believes there are only two players capable of halting his quest for a second World Championship title in January.
MvG, who insists that he expects to win the World Championship this year, claimed : “The biggest threats in the World Championship for me? I think there are two threats only; Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor.
“Peter Wright is a guy who’s in form. He is nearly number two in the world and is doing fantastic. He’s very consistent but he needs to make some steps as well at this World Championships. He needs to show some extra explosion at the right moments in a semi-final or final, because he hasn’t done that yet,” Van Gerwen added. Continue reading “MvG: There are only two threats to me at the Worlds!”
The schedule of play for the William Hill World Darts Championship has been confirmed, and reigning world champion Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his title on the opening night, when the tournament gets underway on December 15th at the Alexandra Palace.
The 72-player field will be in action across the Christmas and New Year period as players battle to win the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy, with a record £1.65 million prize fund on offer.
The first-round stage will span eight days, with the second-round taking place before and after the Christmas break. The third-round and quarter-finals will take place before the New Year, with the semi-finals on New Years day and the final on January 2nd.
World champion Gary Anderson headlines the opening night as he takes on PDPA qualifier Mark Frost. However, the opening match of the tournament will see former world finalist Kevin Painter take on 29th seed Jamie Caven. Jamie Lewis will meet Mick McGowan, whilst Michael Smith & Ricky Evans will contest a quick-fire showdown. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Darts Championship- Schedule Confirmed!”
With the 2016 PDC World-Championships just under a week away, I continue my assessment of the main challengers for this year’s title. One man who is going under the radar slightly, is World Number 6 and two-time major winner Robert Thornton.
8. Robert Thornton
Robert Thornton begins his assault for a maiden World-Championship crown with a very tough first-round tie against former Lakeside finalist Alan Norris. The tenacious Scot will be favourite to progress, however he will have to perform extremely well to overcome ‘Chuck’.
Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his World Championship title against either Per Laursen or a PDPA qualifier, after the draw for the 2016 PDC World Championships was made on Sky Sports news on Monday morning.
World Number One Michael van Gerwen has been handed a kind draw, as he will meet the winner of the preliminary round clash between Thanawat Gaweenuntawong and Rene Eidams in the last 64.
Phil Taylor will begin his pursuit for a 17th World title against another preliminary qualifier. The 55-year-old will play either Keita Ono or Alex Tagarao in Round One.
Arguably the tie of the opening round sees World Number 4 Peter Wright take on former World-Youth Champion Keegan Brown. Brown has recorded a number of major scalps on the TV stage, so Snakebite will be in for a difficult tie.